Abuse Of Women And Children In China

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Abuse Of Women And Children In China Essay, Research Paper Abuse of women and children in china In Joy Williams essay, The Case Against Babies , Williams mentions how the government of China takes a girl baby if the family has more than one. I have decided to look closer on that issue. I have asked myself, Why does the government have the right to take children away from families and who says they have the right to tell a family how many children they are allowed to have . As I looked further into this topic, I have come to realize that there are a lot more issues than just allowing families to have one girl. In June of 1995, Britain s channel 4 television aired a documentary called The Dying Room . In it, Kate Blewett, Brian Woods, and Peter Hugh recorded what they found

when they surreptiously filmed several orphanages run by the Chinese government. They found infants and children tied to their cots and left unattended without food and/or medical attention until they died. Some particularly haunting footage shows a little girl in the last stages of starvation, abandoned in one of the dying rooms that give the film its tittle. When the filmmakers called later to enquire about the girl, the orphanage denied that she ever existed. (Aired 58) Along with that, the article stated that China s state run orphanages run in thousands of deaths every year, and the article explained that the government of China gives sleeping pills instead of food to the children. With that being the first article I read, I got sick to my stomach and had to stop. If

population is what they are trying to maintain, then I do not think that murdering children is the way to go about doing it. Personally, I believe that the United States should look into this and see what we could do about this situation. It is not humanly ethical to control population by death of innocent children. The poor children in China s orphanages surely did not ask for this. The government should not be killing those children because of the parent s screw-ups. Now, I do understand that there are too many children in orphanages and not enough space, but surely there has to be other options. The real problem is the Chinese government s attitude towards the orphans. China s leaders consider these children surplus population. They try to prevent their birth by forced

abortion (often so late in pregnancy as to amount to state mandated infanticide), and they boast of the numbers of births averted by China s coercive family planning program. To these authorities, the death of orphans is nothing to regret, because it further their objectives of reduced population growth. (Aired 58) I, myself being pro-choice about abortion, I do not have anything really to say. However, I do believe in abortion for only one reason and that would be if a woman had been raped. What it sounds like to me is that orphanages are the second way out if they cannot abort the baby in time. Just by the sound of it, I think that I would prefer my child to be aborted than to have my him/her to be tortured in the ways the children are being tortured, even though that does

sound morbid. The government in China just seems to me to be very lazy and not wanting to find other ways to solve the overpopulation issue. Even though the United States has not really pushed the population issue, I really do not think that the U.S. would propose a way of dealing with it like killing children. When and if they do, that is the time I will be moving somewhere else. To show that our disapproval of Chinese human rights violations in China is serious, the U.S. should amend our immigration laws to recognize persecution under compulsory family planning programs as a basis for granting asylum. And we should withhold all funding from the UNFPA, ITPF, and any other organization that provides assistance to China s harsh birth control program. (Aird 61) Now when you think